Sunday, November 10, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 29-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans:
What it means: For the first time in 350 days, the Jaguars have a victory to celebrate after they upset the Titans at LP Field on Sunday. The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak dating back to a 24-19 victory over the Titans in Jacksonville on Nov. 25, 2012. There is one remaining winless team in the NFL: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
Stock watch: Nobody's stock is higher now than cornerback Will Blackmon's, who made the biggest play of the season when he ripped the ball away from Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and ran 21 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 2:32 to play. Blackmon had come on a blitz on a third-and-9 play.
Turnovers: The Jaguars' defense had forced just 11 turnovers entering Sunday but forced four against the Titans. In addition to the game-sealing strip by Blackmon, linebacker Paul Posluszny forced the ball loose and recovered it on the game's first offensive snap to set up the Jaguars' first touchdown. Chris Johnson also fumbled a pitch. (It's credited to Jake Locker, though.) Rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz also came up with the first interception of his career.
Red zone success: The Jaguars were last in the NFL in red zone production coming into the game, scoring touchdowns on just five of their 20 trips inside the 20. But they were a solid 2-for-3 on Sunday. Their first possession of the game started at the Titans' 19-yard line following a turnover, and they scored three plays later. Their second trip ended with a Josh Scobee field goal. The Jaguars drove 79 yards for a touchdown on their first possession of the second half.
What's next: The Jaguars play their first game at EverBank Field in nearly a month when they host Arizona next Sunday.